Sheboygan Silverbacks versus Fond du Lac - Photo by Gary Klein/Sheboygan Press Media

Sheboygan Silverbacks' Josh Cook (14) grips the ball during action with Fond du Lac Tuesday June 30, 2015 in Sheboygan. (Photo: Gary C. Klein/Sheboygan Press Media)

Wisconsin takes a small break from rugby action this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July and America! But we still have some great updates from around the Sconnie Nation pitches. Here’s what happening in our rugby community this week ... and remember, the sparkley parts of fireworks should be pointed away from your face.


Via Brad Casetta - A full month of June with 7s every weekend has passed. What a great time each tournament has been with Lakefront 7s ending June! It is time for a break and the 4th of July weekend is well needed. There is one more sevens tournament of the summer. That is the Lion Hunter 7s in Oconomowoc July 11th. Then it’s the Brian Bowers Pigfest 10s in Oshkosh July 18th, Lumberjack 10s in Minocqua July 25th and Stuart Daily Memorial 10s, August 8.
Have a great 4th weekend!



Local Wisconsin referee Cody Kuxmann recently returned from South Africa and an intensive rugby referee training program.

USA Rugby has a nice article on his training abroad and the overall experience. Great work Cody!


Lakefront 7s was another huge success! As one of the many usual rugby suspects commented on the day, it is like Rugby New Year’s thanks to all the great matches and running into everyone you know from far and wide.

You can help make next year’s Lakefront 7s even better by taking this survey here. The organizers are looking for your feedback before this Monday, July 6. And don’t forget to follow Lakefront 7s on Twitter and Like Lakefront 7s on Facebook to check out this past weekend’s results, photos, and updates!


Girls All-Star 15s
The Wisconsin Girls U-19 Selects traveled to Rockford, Ill., this past weekend to compete in a second All-Star Weekend. Here’s a recap from the Wisconsin Girls High School Rugby League facebook page:

Here are the results of last week-ends RCT All-Star tournament in Rockford, IL.

Varsity, Day 1:
WI 17 Ohio North 41: This game was close until mid-way through the 2nd half when Ohio North scored 3 late tries to put the game away. The Ohio North team is very good and is made up primarily of players from two schools in the Cleveland area, St Joe and Lakewood.
WI 15 IL 15: WI scored a late try to salvage a tie in this game.

Varsity, Day 2:
WI 29 IL 5: Wisconsin dominated this game, scoring five tries to IL one try.
WI 14 Ohio North 31: The WI girls played much better on Sunday against Ohio North. The half ended with the score 12-7 in Ohio's favor on a Wisconsin turnover on the Ohio 2 meter line. Each team scored in the beginning of the 2nd half and the score was 19-14. Ohio scored two late tries to pull away.

Junior Varsity, Day 1
WI 22 Erie Renegades 7
WI 42 Erie Renegades 5
The JV team played two games of 10's on Saturday as Erie had only 15 players on their roster. They looked dominating in their effort.

Girls All-Star 7s
The rosters have been set for the two Wisconsin teams taking part in our first annual All-Star Seven's Tournament being held in Cottage Grove at the beautiful Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex. The tournament will start at Noon on Saturday July 11. We will be joined by Iowa (and we think Minnesota) for a round robin tournament.

We feel we have a lot of talent on both teams and we hope to take a team on the road to tournaments like Las Vegas and Atlanta next Spring. We split the teams up evenly and the rosters are as follows:

Wisconsin Red
Meg Walker Senior DSHA
Shamice Cole Senior DSHA
Maeve Hanley Junior DSHA
Sarah Clarke Soph. DSHA
Allison Koenig Fresh. Catholic Memorial
Meaghan Schmidt Junior Catholic Memorial
Megan Bird Soph. Oak Creek
Aliana Cervera Junior Oak Creek
Lauren Bucholz Fresh. Oak Creek
Monique Foster Soph Vernon
Mercede Champlin Soph Vernon

Wisconsin White
Emily Winter Senior Brookfield
Reina Anderson Senior Brookfield
Abby Andler Soph Brookfield
Sam Bartz-Kolp Junior Brookfield
Areliz Rivera Fresh Brookfield
Morgan Pinzer Senior Brookfield
Aiyanna Primer Soph Brookfield
Nicky Lehto Fresh Brookfield
Ally Rusch Junior Muskego
Maggie Kelley Junior Fond du Lac
Aliana Passarella Fresh Fond du Lac


The WIIL men’s rugby collegiate conference (Wisconsin-Illinois) has a new Facebook page to follow for scores and updates. They shared a great article from the Sheboygan Press about the new team starting up in Sheboygan, Wis., with some alumni from both UW-Platteville and UW-Stout. Great to see rugby back in Sheboygan again!


In Case You Missed It ... The USA Rugby Women’s National team defeated Canada this week in a superseries match, 36-28, in Canada. The team was lead in this victory by Jane Paar, a center who hails from Wisconsin and played her high school rugby for the Brookfield Bruisers.
It’s always great to see local talent rise up to the top levels of rugby in our country!

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Look for Tag Rugby at Lakefront 7s this Saturday! Over 32 teams of kids from nine clubs in our area.

Wisconsin hosts the nation’s largest rugby sevens event this Saturday – Lakefront 7s - and our young all-stars turned in good showings at regional tournaments. Here’s what happening in our rugby community this week ...


Lakefront 7s referee assignments were sent directly to the referees by Steve Midthun. Please contact Steve if you have any questions.


The nation’s largest rugby sevens tournament kicks off tomorrow morning. Lakefront 7s, held on the shore of downtown Milwaukee, features more than 96 teams, six fields of tackle rugby, and six fields of flag rugby. The tackle fields will host Midwest Qualifiers for men and women, in addition to Men’s Competitive, Men’s and Women’s Social, and High School Girls and Boys. Fields 7-12 will host the 1st-8th grade tournament with 32 teams from nine clubs competing.

Look for social media updates live throughout the day, including scores for your favorite teams. Follow Lakefront 7s on Twitter and Like Lakefront 7s on Facebook.


2015 Wisconsin All-Star Girls

The Wisconsin Girls U-19 Selects traveled to Pittsburgh last weekend for the first of two regional all-star tournaments. Wisconsin brought a young side and turned in strong performances against more veteran teams at the Challenge Cup All-Star Regional Cup Tournament. Wisconsin ended the weekend on a high note with a 24-17 win against Western New York.

  • Maryland 12, Wisconsin 7
  • New Jersey Blaze/Empire 24, Wisconsin 5
  • Wisconsin 24, Western New York 17

The Wisconsin U-19s travel this weekend to Rockford, Illinois for the Midwest Challenge Cup. They’ll be adding several players unavailable last weekend to their roster. This weekend’s schedule is below.


  • Saturday, 12:40PM vs. Celtic Elite (Ohio North)
  • Saturday, 3:00PM vs. Illinois Tornados
  • Sunday,11:00AM vs. Illinois Tornados
  • Sunday, 100PM vs. Celtic Elite (Ohio North)


  • Saturday, 1120AM vs. Erie Renegades JV
  • Saturday 1:00PM vs. Erie Renegades JV
  • Sunday, 10AM vs Erie Renegades JV

Results and more information here -


2015 Wisconsin U19 and U17 Boys Selects

The Wisconsin Boys U-19 and U-17 All-Stars spent last weekend on the road in Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Challenge. The Varsity U-19 side finished 2-2 overall and won the consolation bracket. The Junior Varsity U-17 side finished 1-3 overall for fourth place. Two Wisconsin players were also named to the All-Star Tournament. Second row Tristan Lind (Burlington) was named to the Varsity team, while Alex Hastings (Muskego) was named to the Junior Varsity team.

Varsity Scores

  • Utah 36, Wisconsin 14
  • Oklahoma 36, Wisconsin 0
  • Wisconsin 38, Idaho 0
  • Wisconsin 26, Minnesota 12

Junior Varsity Scores

  • Wisconsin 22, Rugby CO 5
  • Utah 43, Wisconsin 0
  • Utah 24, Wisconsin 0
  • Team 5788 17, Wisconsin 15


Milwaukee Barbarians

The Milwaukee Barbarians sent three sides to last weekend's Leinie's 7s Tournament. A great tournament to open summer sevens!

Things are rather quiet here in Wisconsin this weekend, but Colorado hosts the USA Rugby Senior Club Nationals with two Wisconsin teams competing and the NACRA 7s will see if USA can qualify for the Olympics. Here's what's happening in our rugby community this week ...


Looking for some fun and competitive sevens tournaments? Be sure to check out the latest events on the WRFU website.

You can also register for next weekend’s Madtown 7s still via this link.


This week’s referee assignments are unavailable at this time. We will post as soon as we have an update.

Three cheers to Fox Cities RFC for a great start of the 7s season with Leinies 7s last weekend!

This week it is the Lighthouse 7s in Fond du Lac, Saturday June 13th during Walleye Weekend.


Wisconsin will have two teams representing our state during this weekend’s USA Rugby Senior Club Nationals.

The Wisconsin Women play the Sacramento Amazons for the Division 2 Women’s Final at 1:00 p.m. mountain time, 2:00 p.m. central on Sunday, June 14 out in Glendale, Colorado.

Following the women’s match, the Wisconsin Rugby Club men play the Life West Gladiators for the Division 2 Men’s Final at 3:00 p.m. mountain time, 4:00 p.m. central.

Both matches will be livestreamed on Both teams will also be providing live updates via twitter.

The local Madison media has also run some nice features on the teams here and here.


11114724 679114008860344 4428066127178453964 nThe Wisconsin Boys U-19 and U-17 All-Stars hosted the Cody Cup Challenge this past Sunday versus Illinois All-Star Teams. Following a selects camp the day before, Sunday saw the U-19s defeated Illinois 31-0 for a nice warm-up match before traveling to the Rocky Mountain Challenge in Colorado. The younger Wisconsin U-17 side lost their match to Illinois, 30-7, but provided the team and coaches with great developmental potential.

We’re looking forward to updates from Colorado and the Challenge! Be sure to LIKE the Wisconsin Rugby Selects on Facebook too.

Get the App!

Cool technology update for fans. You can get updates from the Wisconsin Boys Selects via their new team app on your iPhone, Ipod or Android. Search for this free app in the App store under “Team App”, register and then search for the team.

For other teams, this looks like a great free tool to consider for your own promotion.


Consider signing up for the Papa Joe Golf Outing in honor of longtime Wisconsin rugby veteran and support Joe Kloiber. From the Facebook event information page:

This is a scramble. Your $100 ($370 per foursome) entry fee per golfer gets you 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, drinks, and most importantly fun. The outing will be complete with long drive contest, longest putt, closest to the hole, and overall team low score.

You can register online at


You can mail your check to:

Joseph Kloiber

W168S7278 Parkland Dr

Muskego, WI 53150

Please include golfer(s) name.

Sign in begins at 11:30 am, Shotgun start at 1:30 pm.

Proceeds from the outing will go to the Wisconsin Parkinson Association as well as development of rugby in the state of Wisconsin.

Papa Joe was diagnosed with Parkinson Disease in 2009 but continues to support the rugby clubs he help found, including the Milwaukee Westside Harlequins in 1975 (now the Milwaukee Barbarians) and the Marquette University High School Rugby Club in 1996. He has always had a passion for golf and rugby, and his generosity is known worldwide. Please join us for an afternoon of golf, friends, and fun all for a good cause.


Be sure to keep an eye on the NACRA Sevens this weekend as both the USA men and women attempt to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Wisconsin players will see some familiar Midwest faces on the roster in addition to former UW-Madison Women’s Hockey Player Alev Kelter, who’s a crossover athlete shining on the women’s side.

From USA Rugby:

WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC will play host to one of the biggest tournaments in USA Rugby Sevens history – the NACRA Championships.

This year, the NACRA Championships present a very different incentive to participating teams: Olympic Qualification. For the first time in the history of the Summer Games, the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will feature a Rugby Sevens competition for men and women. Read more ...

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Congrats to the Wisconsin Women's Rugby team - the 2015 USA Rugby D2 Women's National Champions!

Our summer rugby sevens season is now in full swing and we’re keeping an eye on our Wisconsin Boys and Girls All-Stars competing this weekend in Colorado and Pennsylvania, respectively. Here’s what happening in our rugby community this week ...


Thanks to Brad Casetta for this update - After a great weekend with the Fond du Lac Lighthouse 7s and the Wisconsin men and women doing so well, it is really going to be hard to top that. BUT we can with two very good tournaments.

Harborfest 7s in Kenosha and Madtown 7s which has a qualifier for men and women. Also a men, women, HS boys open division.

Referees for Harborfest:
• Alec Prochniak
• Chris Kenth
• Jeff Kempen
• Chawn White
• Sabina Wilsey

Referees for Madtown 7s:
• Brad Casetta
• Emily Grambsch
• Jake Winkler
• Xanthi Gersamio
• Phil Winkler
• Rocco Delmedico
• Grant Thomas


Wisconsin was well represented this past weekend at the USA Rugby Senior Club National Championships in Glendale, Colorado. The Wisconsin Women and Wisconsin Rugby Club men finished first and second respectively.

The Wisconsin Women defeated the Sacramento Amazons, 38-28, to earn their first national championship ever in the Club’s 40 years. Wisconsin wing Justine Wypych, a UW-Eau Claire alumnus, was named the match’s Most Valuable Player after scoring four tries to help her team win. You can watch the archived match here online.

The Wisconsin Rugby Club men returned to the national final for the third time in four years, but fell to the Life West Gladiators 43-24 in hard-fought battle. Wisconsin held an earlier 17-14 lead but was unable to hold off the Gladiators. You can watch the archived match here online.

You can also check out this article from the clubs’ local newspaper, the Cottage Grove Herald Independent, for their home fields for additional details on the matches. Great to see rugby featured so prominently in the print edition as the front page of the Sports section.


The Wisconsin Girls U-19 Selects will see back-to-back weekends of all-star action with trips to Pittsburgh this weekend and then closer to home in Rockford next weekend. Be sure to LIKE the Wisconsin High School Girls Rugby League on Facebook for more updates.

Goff Rugby Report has a great preview and interview with Coach Jeff Noe on the team and plans for the next two weekends. From the article:

“The smaller group going to Pittsburgh is bolstered by a talented sophomore class,” Wisconsin Girls All Star coach Jeff Noe explained. “Megan Bird at fullback has already seen a lot of select side play at Vegas and Atlanta in 7s. She will be led by senior center Cassie Schultz in the backline. The young pack will try to keep up with senior Alexia Prusheik on what looks to be a very warm weekend in Pittsburgh.”

Wisconsin Girls All-Star Team (Pittsburgh Roster)
Coach: Jeff Noe
Forwards, Position
Sarah Clarke (Divine Savior), Flanker
Emma Conrad (Fond du Lac), Prop
Aiyanna Primer (Brookfield), Flanker
Elizabeth Stanchfield (Fond du Lac), Lock
Aliana Cervera (Oak Creek), Flanker
Raquel Galarza (Brookfield), Hooker
Kelsey Gustafson (Catholic Memorial), Prop
Katie McGinn (Catholic Memorial), Hooker
Meaghan Schmitt (Catholic Memorial), Lock
Dani Conrad (Muskego), Flanker
Alexia Prusheik (Vernon), Flanker
Libby Schubert (Kettle Morraine), Prop
Grace Abler (Kettle Morraine), Scrumhalf
Abigail Andler (Brookfield), Wing
Emily Becker (Kettle Morraine), Center
Megan Bird (Oak Creek), Fullback
Erin Coburn (Oak Creek), Center
Samantha Bartz-Kolp (Brookfield), Wing
Maeve Hanley (Divine Savior), Scrumhalf
Ally Rusch (Muskego), Wing
Morgan Pinzer (Brookfield), Flyhalf
Cassie Schultz (Kettle Morraine), Center


The Wisconsin Boys U-19 and U-17 All-Stars are on the way to the Rocky Mountain Challenge today. We’re looking forward to updates from Colorado and the Challenge! Be sure to LIKE the Wisconsin Rugby Selects on Facebook too.

Good luck, fast tries and big hits to all the players and coaches on both our Girls and Boys teams!

Wisconsin Boys High School State Champion Teams

We’re officially kicking off the summer sevens season this weekend! And we’ve got some updates on all of the championship action of last weekend. Plus we’ll see not one, but two teams repping Wisconsin in the upcoming senior club national championships. Here's what's happening in our rugby community this week ...


Remember to check out the latest scores reported for matches played in Wisconsin here on the WRFU website.


Looking for some fun and competitive sevens tournaments? Be sure to check out the latest events on the WRFU website.


Please visit the WRFU Referee Assignments to see these online.

Referees for the Lienies 7s in Appleton this Saturday, June 6:

  • Matt Bittner
  • Steve Marvin
  • Ted Sibilsky
  • Brad Casetta
  • Alec Prochniak

Wisconsin Women and Men USA Rugby East Champions


Two of our state’s senior clubs swept their respective Division 2 brackets at the USA Rugby Senior Club National Quarterfinals and Semifinals in Charlotte, N.C. last weekend. The Wisconsin Women and the Wisconsin Rugby Club men now both advance to the USA Rugby National finals next Sunday, June 14 in Colorado. Of rare historic note, both teams hail from the same home organization, Madison United Rugby.

The Wisconsin Women (Madison) defeated the Burlington (Vt.) Women 26-15 on Saturday and then decisively knocked off the Augusta Furies (Ga.) Sunday, 41-12. Now the USA Rugby East Champions, they will face West Champions, the Sacramento Amazons, for the Division 2 national title on Sunday, June 14 at 1:15 p.m. mountain time at Infinity Park Stadium in Glendale, Colo. It will be Wisconsin’s first national title ever should they win.

The Wisconsin Rugby Club men (Madison) also swept the opposition in Charlotte to advance to their third national title match in the last four years. Wisconsin defeated New York 19-10 Saturday before holding off Atlanta Old White (Ga.) 24-15 to earn another shot at the title. Following the women’s match, Wisconsin will play the Life West Gladiators (Hayward, Calif.) on Sunday at 3:15 p.m. mountain time. If Wisconsin wins, it will be the team’s third national title after gold medals in 1998 and 2013.

Both matches will be livestreamed on You can read the official USA Rugby update here. Both teams will be providing live updates on social media as well. You can like both teams on Facebook here – Wisconsin Women and Wisconsin Rugby Club.

Both teams were also provided with a WRFU grant to help with travel costs for the national tournament. Thank you to the WRFU for the support of building success in Wisconsin.



Girls High School 7s State Championships

The Brookfield Bruisers won this past weekend’s High School Girls Sevens State Championship after defeating Catholic Memorial 10-5 in a close final. Rainy weather didn’t mar a great day of girls rugby in the growing spring sevens season here in Wisconsin.

Goff Rugby Report had a nice feature on Brookfield and the tournament as a whole. Here’s a full recap from Rick Bellis:

This past Saturday the WI HS Girls League held their State Seven's tournament at he beautiful Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex in Cottage Grove, WI. Despite steady rain the fields held up incredibly well and there was some great Rugby that was played. Special thanks to our top notch referees, Dan Chanen, Jeff Noe, Taylor Rozman and Xane Gerasimo. Also thanks to our trainer, Dr. Dave Heitmann.

The D1 bracket was very competitive and came down to the final game. Although Catholic Memorial was playing without a few of their talented Juniors (Elle Metz, Liz Walick) because of injury or other commitments they entered the final game against Brookfield with a 3-0 record, having defeated Fond du Lac 25-5, Oak Creek 27-5 and Kettle Moraine 15-10. Brookfield entered the final with a record of 2-0-1 with wins over Fond du Lac 10-5, a tie with Oak Creek at 5-5 and a 15-10 victory over Kettle Moraine.

Brookfield opened the scoring in the first half with a 60 meter try from Morgan Pinzer. CMH answered with a try of their own before half-time to tie the game at 5-5. The game went back and forth until Emily Winter of Brookfield broke free for another 60 meter try with 2 minutes left to wrap up the scoring. This was an extremely well played game with both teams playing excellent defense. The final standings for D1 were:

  • Brookfield
  • Catholic Memorial
  • Oak Creek
  • Kettle Moraine
  • Fond du Lac

The D2 final came down to the last game as Vernon entered with a 2-1-0 record with a win against Oak Creek JV 20-0, a win against Muskego 37-0 and a loss to Appleton 24-10. Brookfield JV entered the final game with a record of 3-0 with wins against Oak Creek JV 15-10, Muskego 27-0, and Appleton 10-5. Vernon's experience paid off with a 29-0 win to claim the D2 title. Final Standings for D2

  • Vernon
  • Brookfield JV
  • Appleton
  • Oak Creek JV
  • Muskego

Girls High School All-Stars

The second try-out for U19 Selects (All-Stars) will be from Noon-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 7 on the Football field behind Catholic Memorial High School. The address is 601 East College Ave., Waukesha, WI.

Contact for more information:
Coach Jeff Noe
Winona State Men's Head Coach
WI HS Girls All Stars Head Coach

Summer Schedule:

  • June 7 – Tryouts 12-3pm
  • June 11 – Practice 6-8pm
  • June 12 – Practice 6-8pm
  • June 13 – Scrimmage 12-2pm
  • June 17 – Practice 6-8pm
  • June 18 – Leave for PA 1pm
  • June 19-21 – Pittsburgh Tournament: All day(est. cost $125 + food)
  • June 25 – Practice 6-8pm
  • June 26 – Practice 6-8pm
  • June 27-28 – Chicago Tournament: All day (est. cost $75 + food)

Seven's Schedule:

  • July 7 - Seven's Practice 6-8pm
  • July 9 - Seven's Practice 6-8pm
  • July 11- Seven's Tournament in Madison, WI: Noon-6PM (No Cost)


The Boys High School State Championships were held this past Saturday, along with a Boys open tournament, in De Pere, Wis. The event celebrated its 20th anniversary and was hosted by the Northeastern Wisconsin Rugby Foundation (Like them here on Facebook).

Division 1 Championships – Pulaski 28, Middleton 21

Goff Rugby Report had a nice recap of the match here online.

Division 2 Championships – Parkway Patriots 24, Sheboygan 12

The Parkways Patriots have a large album of match photos on Facebook here.

Congrats to all four finalists in advancing to the State Championships!

In the Open tournament, the following teams won their tiers:

  • Tier 1 - Whitefish Bay
  • Tier 2 - Marquette
  • Tier 3 - Kimberly
  • Social Tier – Fond du Lac

Boys U-19 and U-17 All-Stars

The Wisconsin Boys Under-19 and Under-17 all-stars have been selected and they will be participating in both a camp and tournament this weekend at the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex in Cottage Grove, Wis., this weekend. On Sunday, you can check out the Cody Cup Tournament vs. Illinois All-Stars. The Junior/Senior team will play at 10 a.m. and Freshman/Sophomore team at 11:15 a.m.

Congrats to all of the players selected!

Wisconsin High School Boys U19 and U17 Selects

You can follow the Selects via their team facebook page. We’ll be sharing more updates about the upcoming trip to Colorado next week hopefully!


The UW-Madison Women are hosting a high school skills camp in August and welcome interested players. Please share this event via facebook -

High School Women's Rugby Skills Camp
Sunday, August 23 at 10:00am
Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield, Wisconsin

The Team that gets the most brand new players to the camp also receives a $100 reward for their club.